David Moyes backs Phil Neville to move into coaching

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Phil Neville insists he is yet to make a decision on his future, but David Moyes has backed him to become a successful coach.

Neville spent eight years as Moyes' club captain at Goodison Park, but has yet to make it clear where he'll be next season.

Having won 59 England caps, Neville will join Stuart Pearce's coaching staff for the Under-21's European Champions having previously spent time with Pearce's squad ahead of a qualifier against Belgium

Following this spell with England's next generation of stars, Moyes believes coaching is the next step for his former captain.

He told Sky Sports: "I think he'll probably go into coaching or management, that would be my tip. He could stay on at Everton. He's a great man and has a lot of good values. I can see him being successful in the future." 

With over 500 Premier League appearances to his name, Neville has not yet called time on his career, but a decision could be near.

He told the club's official website: "I have not made a decision yet - I have not officially retired yet.

"Over the next couple of weeks that is the main decision I have to make; whether my body is up to the physical demands of Premier League football."

Were Neville to retire he'd join a list of high-profile end of season retirees, including his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, ex-Manchester United teammates David Beckham and Paul Scholes, and ex-England colleagues Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher.

Having already suggested Neville could be his potential successor at Goodison Park, Moyes reiterated his pride as his own achievements.

"There have been a lot of things I've hopefully improved. I'm really pleased with how the football club has moved forward on the field hopefully it continues to do so," he concluded.

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